World IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington is vying for a unification fight in Leeds this summer after re-signing with Eddie Hearn.
Frank Warren, Warrington’s former promoter, was unable to secure a bout to unify the divisional titles for the Leeds-born fighter.
Warrington split with Warren on Wednesday and Hearn claims he’s aiming to finalise a fight at Headingley ‘over the next week or two’ before the featherweight fights in the USA.
Hearn said: “It’s what we have to deliver. That’s now the absolute focus.”
The fight would be held on the rugby side of Headingley Stadium.
Warrington is targeting a fight with WBA champ Leo Santa Cruz and Hearn claims he’s been contacted by the Mexican.
Hearn also claims the other world champions in the division – Garry Russell, Can Xu and Shakur Stevenson – have also been in touch.
Kid Galahad, who Warrington beat in June 2019, is the Leeds Warrior’s mandatory challenger.
Warrington became the first man from Leeds to win a world title when he defeated Lee Selby at Elland Road in May 2018, although 14 of his 30 fights have been staged in his home city.
He said: “Elland Road was an epic night but to come and do Headingley would be even more special, it would capture the city again.
“It’d be the final box ticked over here. After that, I want to travel.”
Warrington initially left Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in December 2016 when his contract ended. Hearn cited ‘not sharing the same plans’ as the reason for the split.
Under Warren, Warrington won six fights, including his world title defences against Carl Frampton, Galahad and Sofiane Takoucht. He is yet to fight in the USA.
Hearn added: “It’s what we feel we have to deliver for Josh.
“Now I feel like it’s time to establish that legacy internationally, to go on and have those away days in America.”
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